In the latest review of studies on the health effects of drinking coffee it was found that drinking coffee, in moderation, can be beneficial.
Coffee does not only serve as an energy booster for bodybuilders and strength athletes but is also enjoyed as staple by millions of people every day.
While the effects of coffee consumption on human health can be contradictory, the latest research, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, suggests that the potential benefits of drinking coffee in moderation outweigh the risks in adult consumers.
In a systematic review of 1,277 studies from 1970 to date on coffee consumption and its effect on human health, researchers found that moderate coffee drinking, defined as 3 to 4 cups per day, has a neutral effect on health and could even be mildly beneficial.
Numerous studies have shown positive health benefits of drinking coffee, if done in moderation and without adding a lot of cream and extra sugar.
Coffee has the following health benefits:
- Protection against Type 2 diabetes: Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of getting Type 2 diabetes with one study suggesting that the risk of diabetes drops by 7% for each daily cup of coffee.
- Depression: Coffee consumption is associated with lowering the rate of depression.
- Essential nutrients: These include manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin (B3) along with riboflavin (vitamin B2) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).
- Energy booster: There is growing evidence that caffeine can increase fat burning and physical performance.
- Good for memory and mood: Studies have linked coffee consumption to the provision of short-term boosts in memory and cognition.
- Liver cancer: Coffee also lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40% and some research suggests that drinking 3 cups a day reduces the risk by more than 50%.
Previous research on coffee has been largely based on observational data. The authors of the latest review said further research is needed to quantify the risk-benefit balance of coffee consumption.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently revealed that no link was found between coffee and cancer. Hot drinks, 65 degrees Celsius or above, were previously considered as beverages causing cancer. The new report by the IARC shows that there is no proof to confirm the earlier claim. Coffee was classified as a “possible carcinogen” but new evidence shows that it could actually help prevent some types of cancers.